Because of continuing circumstances, many are avoiding flight and taking to the road for their long-planned vacations. More than ever drivers need to be on top of their vehicle game.  Are you getting your brakes checked and oil changed?  What about proper tune-ups?  Do you have a good Utah mechanic?

One of the most frustrating and costly roadblocks for any driver is tire wear.  No one wants to leave the mechanic with a perfect auto report card only to suffer a flat and spend several hundred dollars on new tires. For this reason, Master Muffler wants to provide some tire care 101.  By following four tips, you can expand the life of your tires tremendously.  Just like checking your oil can help assure your engine is running smoothly, maintaining your tires and performing these checks keeps everything at bay.  We are going to discuss four areas:  alignment, proper balance and rotation, air pressure, and driving safely.

Alignment

You’ve probably heard a phrase like, “This vehicle pulls to the left” or “to the right”.  When someone says this, they’re referring to the alignment.  Tires that are not properly aligned are going to influence the direction the car goes on its own, meaning if you slowly accelerated and let go of the steering wheel, the car would shift in a specific direction, versus driving straight forward.  Alignment helps your tires to be in the perfect and proper position for operating your vehicle.  It’s best to get the alignment checked every 6 months.  By aligning your tires and keeping them in that position, you’re going to see even wear on the tires.  Things that could cause the alignment to get out of place and cause the vehicle to begin vibrating or shaking could be driving roughly with your vehicle or hitting curbs or potholes.  The good thing is that alignment is an inexpensive service and if done twice a year, you can keep your car in check.

Balance & Rotate

These are two of the most important things you should do to take care of your vehicle.  Not only do they help even the wear and tear on your tires, but they also help extend the life of the tires.  You should balance and rotate the tires every 5,000-6,000 miles.  If you drive a front-wheel drive, it’s likely that your tires in the front wear much faster than the back tires.  By shifting positions, you help the tires to share the load so to speak and keep the car driving evenly.  By balancing the tires, you minimize the vibrations.  It also helps you to have a smoother drive when operating the vehicle.

Air Pressure

This should be checked every month.  Remember that if your tires are not sitting at the same air pressure, they will wear at different rates.  One of the tires will do most of the work, while others do less.  It will cause issues in the smoothness of your ride, which will impact gas mileage, as well as balance.  Again, you’re going to find that the tires’ lifespan is gravely shortened, and you can damage the framework of your car or perpetuate other problems down the road—literally.  Keep an air pressure gauge in your glovebox and as part of your monthly car washing routine or when you pump your gas, check the air pressure.  This will help you identify slow leaks because of nails or weather.  It becomes a safety issue.

Take it Easy

Unfortunately, real-life happens when you take corners too sharply, unlike what you see in the movies.  This is going to cause your tires to wear much faster than if you drive at a proper speed.  Take the corners and turns slowly and with caution.  While you may not win the race with the car next to you, you’ll save your pocketbook quite a bit of money.

Don’t make things difficult for yourself.  Select a trusted Utah mechanic, to help you with your tire-care needs.  Set up regular appointments on a running calendar year to get the tires aligned, balanced, and rotated.  Check the air pressure in your tires regularly.  It’s as easy as checking it every time you pump your gas.  And remember to drive safely around those curbs and maintain a steady and proper speed.  By following these suggestions it may take a little bit of extra time and effort on your part, coupled with money; however, it will save you from the purchase of new tires, which would cost significantly more.